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Are you in the process of implementing IEC 61850 across your substations and beyond?

Are you in the process of implementing IEC 61850 across your substations and beyond? Is your implementation programme experiencing delays due to uncertainty around optimal ways of configuring and testing multi-vendor systems in your particular grid enviornment? Are you further frustrated by delays in receiving concrete answers to your grid scenario questions?

Then look no further! Now is the time for you and your implementation team to refresh and upgrade your understanding of the standard, so that you can fast track the next phase of your implementation plan. By attending Fundamentals of IEC 61850, you will gain in-depth insights into the standard on three crucial levels: conceptual, application, and testing.

A three-day investment of your time and focus will enable you to significantly upgrade your capability and assist you in driving your projects with no further delays or uncertainties. And who better to help you upgrade but the world’s leading authorities on IEC 61850 concept, application, and testing.


Early Bird Expires Friday 31st January

A quick reminder that the Early Bird rate for the Fundamentals of IEC 61850 training programme expires this Friday 31st January 2020. To register your place at the reduced rate, please visit the event website today and secure your place at the most intensive, immersive, and inspirational training programme for IEC 61850 engineers.

Just as the grid evolves, so does the standard, with huge implications for how and when it should be applied to deliver genuine cost benefits in the long term. Over 3 intensive training days, you will hear the latest guidance on the philosophy, application, and future direction of the standard, providing you with a robust tool kit for applying it in the most cost-effective way now, and future-proofing for its continuous evolution tomorrow.

Programme Breakdown:

  • Day One: Core Concepts – history and business case of IEC 61850, fundamental data modelling, communication services including GOOSE, MMS and Sampled Values, and IEC 61850 outside the substation
  • Day Two: Engineering & Configuration – deep diving into networking and ethernet, next level engineering processes, specifying IEC 61850 with SCL files and IED configuration
  • Day Three: Testing – quality assurance, FATs and SATs, overview of testing with IEC 61850, testing GOOSE, SV, control blocks, supervision functions, distributed functions, redundancy and time synchronisation, as well as cybersecurity considerations for IEC 61850 systems

Training Leaders:

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:  Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2020

We look forward to welcoming you in March!

PS: Early Bird Rate – Save up to €200 on Delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking your place before Friday 31 January 2020!

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3+ delegates, 15% on 4+ delegates, 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Addressing IEC 61850 Blind Spots

If you are charged with upskilling an existing technical workforce who already have a foundation in IEC 61850, but are challenged by blind spots and skills gaps in key areas, then look no further!

This Fundamentals of IEC 61850 training programme deep dives into the most complex, challenging, and fast evolving aspects of the standard, to provide your well-versed teams with the opportunity to take their knowledge and capability several layers deeper.

Designed with the research input of 20+ utility IEC 61850 specialists, this programme goes beyond providing a comprehensive A to Z guide and instead emphasises those issues that are derailing IEC 61850 teams right now!

By attending this programme, your teams will deepen their knowledge and build up their confidence to help them drive the implementation, operation, and maintenance of IEC 61850 at a much faster pace.


Programme Breakdown:

  • Day One: Core Concepts – history and business case of IEC 61850, fundamental data modelling, communication services including GOOSE, MMS and Sampled Values, and IEC 61850 outside the substation
  • Day Two: Engineering & Configuration – deep diving into networking and ethernet, next level engineering processes, specifying IEC 61850 with SCL files and IED configuration
  • Day Three: Testing – quality assurance, FATs and SATs, overview of testing with IEC 61850, testing GOOSE, SV, control blocks, supervision functions, distributed functions, redundancy and time synchronisation, as well as cybersecurity considerations for IEC 61850 systems

Training Leaders:

Spread the Word:

With more and more smart grid applications relying on IEC 61850 to facilitate intelligent data exchange, make sure your colleagues across the business are aware of this unique learning and development opportunity, including those in:

  • Protection & Control
  • Substation Automation
  • SCADA
  • Renewables Integration
  • Telecoms
  • Cybersecurity

Bring several colleagues along and benefit from our generous group booking discounts of 10% for 3 delegates, 15% for 4 delegates, and 20% for 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time! Call us on +44 (0)20 3691 1700 to arrange!

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:  Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2020

We look forward to welcoming you in March!

PS: Early Bird Rate – Save up to €200 on Delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking your place before Friday 31 January 2020!

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3+ delegates, 15% on 4+ delegates, 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Get your team up to speed with all aspects of IEC 61850

In the rapidly expanding world of smart grids, IEC 61850 is far more than a communication protocol – it’s an essential engineering philosophy for all those working with digital substation technology. The internationally adopted standard is the new normal for all major utilities describing how data is transferred and received.

As the use of IEC 61850 is now business-as-usual for substation automation, in-depth knowledge is absolutely essential for the technicians, design specialists, and specification engineers involved in order to keep up with developments in the field.

When hiring external talent into new smart grid departments, you’ll need to ensure your new hires hit the ground running. This immersive course will fast track your team’s learning in just 3 days.

To assist with your onboarding process, we’re delighted to bring you the Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2020 training programme, designed to provide your new hires with a 360° perspective on IEC 61850.

Register Today

How will you benefit?

  • Intensity – an in-depth 3-day programme that provides a complete overview of the core concepts and history of IEC 61850, engineering and configuration of systems, and testing systems using the latest tools and equipment
  • Immersion – a deep-diving learning experience where structured presentations led by highly skilled trainers will be combined with breakout group work, interactive Q&A sessions, and practical exercises to cater to a range of learning styles
  • Inspiration – the opportunity to learn from industry leaders and veterans, including representatives of smart utilities, technology innovators, and consultants

This year’s training programme will be led by:

  • Christoph Brunner: President of IT4Power & Convenor of IEC TC 57 WG 10
  • David MacDonald: System Monitoring Lead Engineer at Iberdrola
  • Ovidiu Serban: Senior Consultant in Intelligent Networks & Communication at DNV GL

Don’t just take our word for it…

Smart Grid Forums is a leading provider of learning and development forums, as well as training programmes for the smart grid technical community. Since 2011, we’ve held annual meetings for the Substation Automation, SCADA Systems, Utility Telecom, Cybersecurity, Big Data, GIS, Grid Asset Management, and IEC 61850 communities among many others.

Here’s what some of our attendees have to say about our conferences:

“IEC 61850 Global 2019 covers very comprehensive and broad aspects of the power system. The conference focuses on IEC 61850 as well as a wide range of advanced technologies associated with the power system. The event is extremely well organised and the quality of presenters/presentations and topics is the best that I have ever been involved in.”
Tuan Vu, Senior Digital Asset Strategies Engineer, Powerlink QueenslandIEC 61850 Global 2019 
“Digital Substations 2019 was a great opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge with great experts on the real implementation of digital substations.”
Pablo Humeres Flores, Engineer – Electrosul BrasilDigital Substations 2019
 “A great conference where vendors meet the businesses and IT. A perfect mix of interesting discussions.”
Eric Straalman, Director International Sales – GEOCOMGIS4SmartGrid 2019
 “Smart Grid Big Data 2019 showed to have not only high level speakers and prestentations, but also to be a place for perfect networking regarding topics like big data and smart grid. It was a pleasure to participate in such an event and exchange knowlege with colleagues in the utility sector.”
Rita Viegas, Data Analyst – EDP DistribuicaoSmart Grid Big Data 2019

Find out more

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:  Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2020

We look forward to welcoming you in March!

PS: Early Bird Rate – Save up to €200 on Delegate places and €1,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking your place before Friday 31 January 2020!

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3+ delegates, 15% on 4+ delegates, 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


IEC 61850 Headcount on the Rise

Are you in the process of expanding your team of IEC 61850 experts? Are you investigating the possibility of implementing IEC 61850 outside of the substation? Do you have colleagues working in other parts of the organisation who need a working knowledge of IEC 61850 to better interface with your IEC 61850 team?

Then there is no better time to refresh your understanding and theirs, of the fundamental building block, key applications, and future standardisation activity of IEC 61850. And no better place to do this than at this Fundamentals of IEC 61850 training course.

This comprehensive, in-depth programme combines a series of presentations, group exercises, and Q&A sessions to bring all participants up to speed with the latest developments and applications of IEC 61850.

Register Today

Programme Breakdown

Day One: Core Concepts – history and business case of IEC 61850, fundamental data modelling, communication services including GOOSE, MMS and Sampled Values, and IEC 61850 outside the substation.

Led by Christoph Brunner, President of it4power & Convenor of IEC TC 57 WG 10

View Day 1 Programme

Day Two: Engineering & Configuration – introduction to networking and ethernet, overview of the engineering process, specifying IEC 61850 with SCL files and IED configuration.

Led by David MacDonald, System Monitoring Lead Engineer at Iberdrola

View Day 2 Programme

Day Three: Testing – quality assurance, FATs and SATs, overview of testing with IEC 61850, testing GOOSE, SV, control blocks, supervision functions, distributed functions, redundancy and time synchronisation, as well as cybersecurity considerations for IEC 61850 systems.

Led by Richard Schimmel, Testing & Certification Manager at DNV GL

View Day 3 Programme

Why Attend

In-depth, up-to-date, and comprehensive – with the content input of over 20 utility IEC 61850 experts, and a first day led by the convenor of TC 57 WG 10, this programme is unparalleled in the depth, breadth, and timeliness of its content. To ensure your team is equipped with the latest comprehensive knowledge about the standard, make sure their places are registered at this unique training event.

Vendor-neutral programme – unlike many other programmes, this training is not affiliated with any of the major vendors, and each of our instructors have years of experience working on projects involving multi-vendor systems. If you want an honest assessment of different vendor interpretations of the standard, and specialised advice for your IEC 61850 environment, make sure to book your places now!

Vendor-neutral programme – unlike many other programmes, this training is not affiliated with any of the major vendors, and each of our instructors have years of experience working on projects involving multi-vendor systems. If you want an honest assessment of different vendor interpretations of the standard, and specialised advice for your IEC 61850 environment, make sure to book your places now.

View Full Programme

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:  Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2020

We look forward to welcoming you in March!

PS: Early Bird Rate – Save up to €400 on Delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking your place before Friday 27 December 2019!

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3+ delegates, 15% on 4+ delegates, 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Prepare your team for the future of substation automation

Our Fundamentals of IEC 61850 training programme, led by Christoph Brunner, is fast-approaching! With just 50 places available, register now to make sure that you and your colleagues have all the tools and knowledge they need to design, specify, operate, and maintain the latest IEC 61850 systems!

Across an exhaustive three-day programme covering the high-level concepts, the engineering process, and best practices for testing and cybersecurity, you will develop a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of IEC 61850 and the full range of applications it supports. Our expert trainers share decades of experience implementing IEC 61850 in the utility environment, meaning they can answer all of your thorniest questions and provide tailored advice to assist with your most difficult technical challenges.

Whether you’re working in substation automation, protection & control, SCADA, renewables integration, telecoms or cybersecurity, this is the programme you need to equip you with the theoretical and practical knowledge for the future smart grid!

Register Today.

Day 1 – Tuesday 17th March 2020: Fundamentals Concepts of IEC 61850

Instructor: Christoph Brunner, President of IT4Power and Convenor of IEC TC 57 WG 10

  • Business case, history and future of the standard
  • Data modelling, logical nodes and semantics
  • Communication services – MMS, GOOSE, Sampled Values
  • IEC 61850 outside the substation

View Day One

Day 2 – Wednesday 18th March 2020: Engineering & Configuration

Instructor: David MacDonald, System Monitoring Lead Engineer at Iberdrola

  • Networking – IP, ethernet, redundancy and time synchronization
  • Engineering process and top-down design
  • IEC 61850 specification with SCL language
  • IED configuration with engineering tools

View Day Two

Day 3 – Thursday 19th March 2020: Testing & Cybersecurity

Instructor: Richard Schimmel, IEC 61850 Certification Manager at DNV GL

  • Quality assurance, factory & on-site acceptance testing
  • Testing tools & IEC 61850 test features
  • Practical testing of IEC 61850 systems
  • Cybersecurity threats and mitigation strategies

View Day Three

Each day consists of 4 modules, each comprising of a speaker-led presentation, group Q&A, and practical exercises. Place are strictly limited to 50 participants to ensure an interactive learning experience for all attendees.

View the programme

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:  Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2020

We look forward to welcoming you in March!

PS: Early Bird Rate – Save up to €400 on Delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking your place before Friday 27 December 2019!

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3+ delegates, 15% on 4+ delegates, 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!


Registration is now live!

We are delighted to announce our brand-new Fundamentals of IEC 61850 training programme. This intensive three-day programme has been developed in collaboration with 20+ IEC 61850 specialists from across the European smart utility industry, ensuring that your engineers have all the theoretical and practical knowledge they need to embark on their IEC 61850 journey.

With the use of IEC 61850 fast becoming business-as-usual for the monitoring, protection, automation and control of smart grid devices, this programme will provide a thorough, up-to-date understanding of IEC 61850 for those who are new to the topic, detailing the core theoretical concepts and applications, laying-out the full engineering process in-depth, and examining the important testing & cybersecurity considerations for maintaining reliable and secure IEC 61850 systems.

With three of the industry’s leading experts delivering the training, this is an unmissable opportunity to soak up decades of IEC 61850 implementation experience in the space of just a few days. With four 90-minute modules per day, here’s a glance at how the programme breaks down:

Day 1: Fundamentals Concepts of IEC 61850

  • Business case, history and future of the standard
  • Data modelling, logical nodes and semantics
  • Communication services – MMS, GOOSE, Sampled Values
  • IEC 61850 outside the substation

View the Day One Programme

Day 2: Engineering & Configuration

  • Networking – IP, ethernet, redundancy and time synchronization
  • Engineering process and top-down design
  • IEC 61850 specification with SCL language
  • IED configuration with engineering tools

View the Day Two Programme

Day 3: Testing & Cybersecurity

  • Quality assurance, factory & on-site acceptance testing
  • Testing tools & IEC 61850 test features
  • Practical testing of IEC 61850 systems
  • Cybersecurity threats and mitigation strategies

View the Day Three Programme

Each module is comprised of a speaker-led presentation, group Q&A and practical exercises. Place are strictly limited to 50 participants to ensure an interactive learning experience for all attendees.

View the full programme

Who should attend

IEC 61850 is far more than a communication protocol – it is an engineering philosophy and a common language for all those working with smart grid devices! Make sure that colleagues from across your organization are aware of this unique opportunity, including, but not limited to, those working in.

  • Protection & Control
  • Substation Automation
  • SCADA
  • Renewables Integration
  • Telecoms
  • Cybersecurity

Don’t get left behind! Book your places today and ensure that you are equipped with the crucial IEC 61850 skills and knowledge you need to prepare for the future of the smart grid.

Register now

Join the Solution Zone

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services and share your expertise with an up and coming group of electrical engineers entering the IEC 61850 environment?

Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more!

Capped at 10 stands we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest tools, technologies and services for our audience and maximum visibility for each exhibitor.

Find out more

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:    +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:  Fundamentals of IEC 61850 2020

We look forward to welcoming you in March!

PS: Early Bird Rate – Save up to €400 on Delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by booking your place before Friday 27 December 2019!

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3+ delegates, 15% on 4+ delegates, 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!